Lawmakers in North Carolina, named by CNBC
last week as the nation’s best economy, and Governor Roy Cooper (D)
will return to Raleigh next week to see if they can work out a budget
deal more than two weeks after the new fiscal year began.
This commentary argues against Medicaid expansion in North Carolina for 5 reasons: Expansion will reduce access to care for highly vulnerable individuals who are already enrolled in Medicaid; it is unlikely to save lives; it is unaffordable in the long run; its current financing structure encourages fiscal irresponsibility; and it will eliminate more jobs than it creates.
In the North Carolina case, the justices overturned a lower court decision that ordered that the state’s 13 U.S. House of Representatives districts be reconfigured before the 2020 U.S. election to remove the partisan bias.
The case District of Columbia v. Heller is the landmark Supreme Court case decided in 2008, and written by the late great conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, which finally looked at the roots and origins of the Second Amendment and ruled that it confers not only a collective right to keep and bear arms when serving in a militia but also an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense and for self-protection.
Proposals to reform the way states apportion districts to select members for the House of Representatives are gaining traction across the country. Just this year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to require all states to appoint independent redistricting commissions–thereby stripping statehouses of their power to draw congressional district maps.